HR Conference Speakers


Phil Begley, Managing Principal, Riverstone Organizational Advisors
Phil holds a bachelor’s degree in Control Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from The Citadel.   Phil enjoyed a 24-year military career, including teaching leadership at the NROTC Unit at The Citadel.    He retired as a Commander.  Phil worked as a Manufacturing Manager for Michelin Tire Corporation and as the Director of Training and Development at Reliance Electric.  In 1994, Phil began consulting, working with companies in the areas of leadership, culture, collaboration and talent management. Among his clients in South Carolina are Michelin, BMW Manufacturing, Southeastern Freight Lines, Proterra, and Zeus Industrial Products.  As a member of the Chairman’s Club with TTISI, he is recognized as one of the top 100 assessment consultants in the US.  Phil has served on the boards of Christian Blind Mission International, Southside Christian School, Langston Charter Middle School and is the President of the Langston Foundation. 

Chappelle Broome, Director of Human Resources/Disadvantaged Business Enterprize Liaison Officer, Columbia Metropolitan Airport
Ms. Chappelle Broome is Director of Human Resources/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison Officer for the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE). Chappelle is the first minority to ever hold a Director position in the 60+ years’ history of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.   She began her career at the Airport in 1998 as part of the Marketing Department. Chappelle wears many hats at the Airport.  She is responsible for all aspects of the Human Resource activities of the Airport District. including but not limited to: hiring, retention, discipline, termination, training, diversity/inclusion, Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance (EEOC), Affirmative Action, legal compliance, compensation and industrial organization.   She is the Airport’s Title VI Coordinator for the nearly 3000 acres of airport property; the Chief Diversity Official and the Airport’s designated Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Liaison Officer with the responsibility of overseeing airport compliance in providing opportunities to DBE/minority, women-owned and small/local businesses.  

Molly Cherry, Labor & Employment Law Certified Specialist, Nexsen Pruet, LLC
Molly Cherry is a member in the Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina offices of Nexsen Pruet, LLC, where she practices in the areas of labor and employment law and general business litigation.  She is a certified specialist in labor and employment law and represents management in all types of employment matters including discrimination law, disability law, employment contracts and non-competition covenants, employment torts, minimum and overtime wages, harassment litigation and training, as well as regulatory compliance issues.  Ms. Cherry is chair of the South Carolina Employment and Labor Law Advisory Board.  She is a past chair of the Employment and Labor Law Section of the South Carolina Bar and is a past chair of the board for the Tri-County Human Resources Management Association in Charleston.  She is also a member of the Coastal Human Resources Management Association in Myrtle Beach, SC.    

Ashley Prickett Cuttino, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
Ashley concentrates her practice in management-side employment litigation, including defending claims against wage and hour, discrimination, wrongful discharge, and breach of contract. She also has a broader general litigation practice that has allowed her to defend clients in complex toxic tort actions, class actions, asbestos personal injury defense, construction defect cases, and FELA claims for railroad clients. Ashley’s specialty is complex litigation, class actions and multi-plaintiff litigation. She also advises clients in the area of traditional labor law and has defended both small businesses and national companies in their effort to be union-free.

Christine Gantt-Sorenson, Shareholder, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
Ms. Gantt-Sorenson defends employers in employment-related claims and litigation—particularly TITLE VII litigation—in venues from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also provides advice and counsel to human resource professionals and employers on issues that arise daily, particularly in the areas of FMLA, ADA, ACA, FLSA, and general employment law matters. She also defends employee benefit plan administrators and fi duciaries in Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) cases brought pursuant to life and disability policies. Ms. Gantt-Sorenson presents regularly on employment law issues and provides management and employee training.

Kenston J. Griffin, Dream Builders Communication, Inc.
Mr. Kenston J. Griffin is one of the nation’s most sought-out keynote speakers, a best-selling author and a top performing trainer and executive coach. Mr. Griffin is internationally known throughout corporate, education, federal/judicial and non-profit organizations for his award-winning addresses that are not only life-changing, but transformational.  Mr. Griffin is a native of Statesville, NC, and currently resides in Charlotte, NC. His educational background includes Social Work and Psychology. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Livingstone College and was a student athlete as well as receiving his Master’s Degree, in just one year, from the University of South Carolina.   Finally, Mr. Griffin and Dream Builders Communication, Inc.’s aim is to educate across the globe by raising one’s awareness and belief system in every field of human endeavor. Upon doing so, Mr. Griffin realizes and knows that for you, “IF BETTER IS POSSIBLE… GOOD IS NO LONGER AN OPTION.”

Steve Hall, VP, Business Development, Find Great People, LLC
A Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC), Steve is a frequent speaker on recruitment and organizational leadership. As the longest tenured member of the firm, Steve has played a vital role in the management of what has become one of the fastest growing recruitment and staffing firms in South Carolina. He was instrumental in FGP’s initial launch in technology recruiting back in 1990 and for a period of five years he led FGP’s executive search division growing revenues 500%. Prior to serving as the Director of FGP’s Executive Search Division, Steve was a Sr. Executive Search Consultant for 16 years at FGP.

Jeremy Kindsley, Author
Jeremy Kingsley is a best-selling author, leadership expert, and one of the most sought after speakers in the country. Since 1996 he has spoken to over 500,000 people at live events and given over 2000 keynote speeches. You may have seen Jeremy on television or online this year. He has been featured in/on CNBC, CBS, FOX, FOX BUSINESS, FORBES, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES, WALL STREET BUSINESS and many more large media outlets. He has endorsements from Fortune 500 companies like YUM and Whirlpool. Leadership expert Ken Blanchard has said, “Jeremy Kingsley drives home principles that all leaders need to know and apply.” His messages have reached millions through radio, television, and the internet.

Chris Lauderdale, Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.
Mr. Lauderdale currently focuses more than 95% of his practice on issues affecting food processing employers. Mr. Lauderdale regularly defends employers in multi-plaintiff and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Rule 23 class actions alleging violations of state wage payment, minimum wage, and overtime laws. Mr. Lauderdale has defended more than 50 such asserted class and collective actions. Mr. Lauderdale has extensive experience advising and representing clients in collective bargaining, representing clients before the National Labor Relations Board, representing clients in labor arbitration, and advising clients during union organizing attempts and corporate campaigns. He also regularly assists clients with immigration compliance under federal and state law.

Eric Rioux, Client Consultant, Northwestern Benefit Corporation
Eric Rioux has a passion for understanding generational engagement drivers, with a focused interest on that of his own generation of Millennials. In his role as a client consultant with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., he uses this insight to help optimize the Total Reward program for high performing organizations. Eric and his team are responsible for delivering customer focused solutions and strategic guidance. His creativity, fresh perspective and knowledge has earned him the distinction as an innovative advisor. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University. Eric, his wife Ali and dog Coal live in Atlanta, GA.

Chase Samples, Associate, Jackson Lewis P.C.
Mr. Samples regularly defends corporations and organizations against a variety of legal claims including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, breach of contract, and ERISA claims. His class action and collective action experience includes both ERISA and FLSA wage and hour actions.

Andy Satterfield, Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.
Mr. Satterfield has handled cases involving employment discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age, genetic information, and disability; sexual harassment; wrongful discharge; retaliatory discharge; breach of contract; covenants not to compete and trade secret violations; wage and hour disputes and child labor violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act; and the Family Medical Leave Act. He has extensive experience counseling clients on compliance issues and litigation avoidance strategies; assisting employers with responses to EEOC charges and other administrative actions; drafting substance abuse policies, noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements, and employee handbooks; and conducting supervisor training.

Priscilla Shumway, M.Ed., Senior Trainer, Bob Pike Group
As a senior trainer for The Bob Pike Group since 1996, Priscilla has presented seminars nationally and internationally, focusing on participant-centered instruction, training design, presentation skills, meeting facilitation, and adult learning theory in both public workshops and customized in-house programs. Priscilla was the recipient of the Peak Performer award twice. This award goes to the trainer at The Bob Pike Group that has received the highest marks throughout the year from the BPG clients. This is a combination of content feedback scores as well as facilitator feedback scores.

Britt Sims, Owner & Operator, Chic-fil-A (2 locations)
Britt Sims grew up in Lexington, South Carolina where she attended Lexington High School.  She went on to obtain her Bachelors of Science degree from Clemson University and her Masters of Business Administration degree from The Citadel. After working as a Marketing Director for a Charleston Chick-fil-A restaurant, Britt went on to work for the Chick-fil-A Corporate Office as an "Interim Manager" where she operated corporately owned restaurants on behalf of Chick-fil-A.  Britt continued her work for the corporate office as a Project Coordinator for the Training & Development department. In 2009, Britt was selected to own and operate her own Chick-fil-A location. Britt opened the Chick-fil-A of West Columbia in August of 2009 and her second location the Chick-fil-A at Saluda Pointe in Lexington in May 2014.  

H. Bernard Tisdale III, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
Bernard regularly represents employers on safety and health matters including advising and defending clients on OSHA compliance issues involving Federal OSHA and state plan states.  Admitted to practice in North and South Carolina, Bernard works regularly with NCOSHA and SCOSHA when assisting clients with safety issues, investigations, and litigation.